Based on provincial labour projections, social work has been identified as the second highest profession in need of a recruitment and retention strategy. Based on the pre-pandemic demand for social work services, it was projected that by 2030 there will be a shortage of 272 social workers in the province. With population needs rising since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased demand for social work services across sectors and it is likely that the future gap for social workers will be even greater than is forecasted in this projection.
The NBASW is currently leading the development of a Social Work Recruitment and Retention Strategy Committee which brings together individuals from the various government departments, health authorities, schools of social work, colleges, unions, and more, in developing a 5-year strategy to ensure there are enough social workers in the province to meet the needs of citizens, both now and for years to come.
Below is information relating to this Recruitment and Retention Strategy.
This document highlights the data collected from the social work recruitment and retention survey.
COMPLETE SURVEY REPORT